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Our top posts of 2021: Collaboration, Levelling Up and Place

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

We look back on the year that's gone with some of the best articles from our team.

2021 has been (another) year that it will be hard to forget. We’ve seen the continued resilience of public services and those who work in them, as well as fantastic examples of organisations working together – all as the spectre of COVID remains.


To finish the year, we present a selection of our best and most popular articles, which capture some of what was passed in the year gone. We hope that you enjoy reading them again.


Effective cooperation between central and local government needs bridge-builders

Successful joint working between central and local government relies as much on people with the empathy and knowledge to navigate the differences in approach, culture and decision-making as it is does on any hard skills. Read here


10 years of Mutual Ventures!

To mark our ten year anniversary, each member of our team recorded a short video on what they have learnt about public services. Read here


MV's support helps local authorities secure over £50m in Levelling Up grants

Following the first round of the Levelling Up Fund, we’re four projects we supported secured investment totalling over £50m. Many congratulations to them! Read here

Plus, access all our Levelling Up resources to find out how we can support you. Read here


Family Hubs – the people bit of Levelling Up

The government’s plans for Family Hubs offers local authorities seeking to support their most vulnerable residents. Read here


Plans to put ‘place’ at the centre of healthcare are long overdue

We welcome the emphasis on ‘place’ in NHS England’s plans for health system reform, and argues that the balance of power should now be tilted towards primary, community and social care. Read here


Fixing the adult social care crisis is about more than money

Alongside the urgent need for more cash, central government needs to work with local authorities to create an environment that encourages entrants to the adult social care market, funds innovative models, gives new providers scope to build viable business models, and facilitates access to finance. Read here


2022: Looking ahead with questions rather than predictions

We reflect on the uncertainties facing public services and asks three key questions that will shape the year ahead. Read here


Our webinars: a resource for everyone

Catch up on all of them here, from Levelling Up to integrated care partnerships, children’s residential care to the role of place in social care. Read here


At MV, we’re taking a break between Christmas and New Year – so that we can all be back refreshed in January.


Happy Christmas to all our readers! We wish you a safe and peaceful holiday, and we look forward to seeing you in 2022.